Death Effects: Revisiting the Conceit of Franklin's Memoir

  title={Death Effects: Revisiting the Conceit of Franklin's Memoir},
  author={J. T. Kennedy},
  journal={Early American Literature},
  pages={201 - 234}
  • J. T. Kennedy
  • Published 2001
  • History
  • Early American Literature
  • According to John Adams, Benjamin Franklin died of his own theory. Biographers often quote from the scene in Adams’s diary in which he describes the discomfort he felt on sharing a room with Franklin, when Franklin insisted they keep the window open all night.2 Franklin believed that fresh air was essential to health and that keeping windows open at night would prevent, rather than cause, colds. The anecdote is used, often enough, to portray a grumpy Adams entangled by Franklin’s eccentric… CONTINUE READING
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